At Flagstaff Hill R-7 School we have a whole school focus on the development of English language skills by building students' capabilities for reading, writing, viewing, speaking and listening, based on the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Our junior primary classes enjoy the Jolly Phonics program, which is a fun, motivating, multi-sensory and child-centred method to learning literacy through sounds, and has proven to develop the reading skills of our younger students. The Daily CAFÉ methodology is used in classes from reception to year two to help students understand and master the four key components of successful reading: comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary. For our reception students, we run a targeted phonological awareness program from Term 2 for those children who need extra assistance with rhyming, syllable counting, phoneme segmenting, and more. We understand that developing a student’s phonological awareness helps improve his or her success in other aspects of the curriculum.
Jolly Grammar is being implemented across the school from Years 1 to 7 in 2019 to provide a consistent whole-school approach to the teaching of Grammar which follows on from the Jolly Phonics program.
From years three to seven we follow the practical Sheena Cameron program of Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies to ensure students have a good understanding of their reading texts. We also use the adaptable Words Their Way program of teacher-directed and student-centred engagement to develop vocabulary and spelling using a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words.
In 2018, the school introduced the Seven Steps to Writing Success with teachers participating in Professional Development and ongoing sharing of practice to improve writing skills in all students.
Read an overview of the Australian Curriculum for English, including year level expectations for proficiency in the subject.